Three Zimbabwean women have been named among 2012’s 20 youngest power women in Africa by Forbes. They include Maud Chifamba, a 14-year-old university accounting student, the US-born actress Danai Gurira and corporate executive Dr. Jacqueline Chimhanzi.
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Chifamba made history this year when she became the youngest student (male or female) in Zimbabwe – and possibly the whole of southern Africa – to enroll at university. The young genius was admitted to the University of Zimbabwe, where she will study towards a Bachelor's of Accountancy Honors Degree.
Chifamba’s mother passed away in December 2011, days after she sat for her final exams, and her father nine years ago. Despite this and abject poverty (her two brothers were unable to pay her fees for regular school), Chifamba home-schooled herself and broke academic records earning a four-year scholarship of nearly US $10,000.
Danai Gurira, an actress and writer, is one of the lead characters on the popular HBO show ‘The Walking Dead’, based on the popular American comic book of the same name and currently in its third season. Gurira plays Michonne, a fearless woman warrior.
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